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Connecting the Dots Conference

Invitation-only conference on Wednesday, June 20th, 2018 at The Planetarium,  Amsterdam

Fintechs and other fast growing inclusive businesses are creating exciting new investment opportunities in the rapidly changing digital economy.

Who are these new investors? Where are they investing? What are the risks of serving lower-income and less experienced customers?

Goodwell Investments in partnership with IFC, CDC and DEG is hosting an invitation-only one-day conference that brings together investors with sector leaders, tech entrepreneurs and industry experts to exchange innovative ideas and share best practice solutions to the issues facing digital financial services today.

The conference will be a milestone, with a group of Inaugural Signatories launching globally applicable Guidelines for Investing in Responsible Digital Financial Inclusion. This initiative of Goodwell Investments and IFC was developed in collaboration with a group of 30+ leading investment organizations in digital financial services, including CDC and DEG as core members of the working group. The Guidelines aim to benefit customers, Digital Financial Service providers and investors in managing risks associated with inclusive digital finance. Please visit the Investor Guidelines website for more information.

The speaker list includes fintech pioneers, leading investors and industry experts. They will share insights into how sectors are converging, business models are shifting, which new entrants and incumbents are collaborating and where leading investors are finding exciting new investment opportunities.

To ensure an interactive discussion, in the afternoon participants will choose between two parallel break-out sessions: an introductory session for investors interested in learning more about investment opportunities, and a deep-dive for those interested in joining as signatories to the Guidelines.

The conference runs from 08.30 am till 17.00 pm. The guidelines will be signed during a dedicated session in the afternoon. If you would like to like to request a ticket, please contact

Conference program

09.00 amWelcome address
Intro into main conference objective: launching the guidelines and connecting experienced investors in the inclusive digital economy with investors interested in new opportunities
09.05 amOpening address
Setting the scene on inclusive growth, financial inclusion, the inclusive digital economy, the opportunities and risks and why and how co-operation between policy makers, DFS providers and investors is required
09.20 amIntroduction to the day
09:30 amDeveloping the inclusive digital finance ecosystem: The case of Africa.
It all started with M-Pesa. Discussion on how the market has since evolved. What are the break through innovations and business models that are accelerating the growth of the inclusive digital economy.
Keynote speaker Michael Joseph, founding CEO Safaricom
10:30 amCoffee break
11.00 amThe Investment landscape
Why is there an interest to invest in DFS? Who is investing where, how and what? Opportunities and risks of investing in inclusive growth and the inclusive digital economy: the investment landscape, experience with investing in financial inclusion and related sectors
Panel discussion moderated by Martin Holtmann, Manager Digital finance and Microfinance, IFC
12.00 amLunch
01.00 pmA1. Investing in innovative payment and banking solutions

Presentation of different payment service providers and banking solutions on their respective business models
B1. Digital finance: what are the new risks?

Risks resulting out of digital financial services. What are the emerging risks resulting out of the application of technology in the delivery of financial services? Where are these risks (customer, operator, regulator)?
02.00 pmA2. Investing in new lending models

Presentation of different lending models, non-bank lending and funding instruments, data driven opportunities
B2. Digital data a blessing and a curse.

Big data presents immense opportunities for financial inclusion, but also bears significant risks.
03.00 pmA3. Investing in new asset classes driven by convergence of technology

Presentation of different investment opportunities in pay-as-you-go solar, insurance, cloud-based infrastructure providers
B3. Digital and financial literacy

Responsible finance means the customers understand what they are buying and are in a position to make choices. The need for consumer education to ensure transparency/ fairness in provision of financial services
04.00 pmTea break
04.30 pmHow the guidelines help manage growth and risk

How to seize opportunities and manage risks in the inclusive digital finance space. Background and purpose of the guidelines. How these can benefit customers, DFS providers and investors.
Panel discussion moderated by Joris Luyendijk
05.30 pmLaunch of guidelines

Formal signing on stage by a representative of all signatories
05.45 pmClosing remarks

Brief summary of key messages of the day, thanking all contributors, promising follow up and invitation for network drinks
06.00 pmNetworking reception

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